School Library Media Research and James Lee Burke

Continuing the list of journals relevant to TLs around the world, the key research journal for teacher librarianship is School Library Media Research. This is a refereed journal which ranks high amongst all library and information science journals. As the articles are researched based, they may give the appearance of being ‘heavy’, but as practitioners, TLs can gain useful insights into topical issues by dipping into these articles. A good approach is to read the abstract and the conclusion for an overview and the follow up the rest of the article if you’re interested. There is a wide range of topics from ICT to information literacy to school libraries and student achievement to standards for school libraries. Check it out.

I’m reading Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke. The novel is set in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. It’s a crime novel, featuring Lee’s detective Dave Robicheaux, and is a mixture of page turning thriller, morality tale and reflection on the disaster in New Orleans. Burke makes comments on the inadequacies of the US government’s response to Katrina but this is no didactic diatribe, rather a subtle comment on governmental inadequacies. I’ve read James Lee Burke over many years and this is one of his best novels. Strong on plot character and dialogue, it’s much more than what is often wrongly and patronisingly called a crime novel. Give him a try.

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